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A CD of live performances by Clara Rockmore, revered as the greatest ever virtuoso of the theremin, celebrates her 2011 centennial.
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The theremin is not only the world's first electronic instrument, but the only one that makes  music entirely in the air: the performer does not touch it at any point, except to turn it on.  It's simple enough to create sound effects on the thermin -- and thus it's been widely used on scary movie soundtracks and as a distinctive adjunct to such pop classics as the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" -- but incredibly difficult to control as an artistic instrument. It was Clara Rockmore who became the world-renowned champion of the concert theremin, making three cross-country tours, and performing concertos with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In 1979, she was featured in a live broadcast on WQXR, together with two renowned colleagues, the violinist Erick Friedman, and her sister, pianist Nadia Reisenberg, plus eight members of the Violincello Society of New York. The original tapes are being be digitally re-mastered, and while the commercials will be gone, the resulting CD will contain  all the artist interviews, along with live performances of favorite pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, and more.

Here's one of my favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSzTPGlNa5U

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    For a tax-deductible contribution of $10 or more to the Nadia Reisenberg / Clara Rockmore Foundation, we will list your name and thank you in the liner notes as one of the folks who made the recording possible.

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    For a $25 or higher contribution, we will also send you a professional 8X10 B/W copy-photo of Clara performing at her final public concert in 1989, taken by her grand-nephew, the noted photographer Steve J. Sherman.

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    For a $50 or higher contribution, you'll get the liner note credit, plus the CD itself as soon as it's ready. This will be approximately six months ahead of its general release.

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    For a $100 or higher contribution, the liner note credit, the CD, plus -- an exclusive offer from photographer Steve J. Sherman -- an original 8x10 B/W print of the his 1985 portrait of the theremin's inventor, Lev Termen, in Moscow, holding up a glass of wine in honor of Clara (knowing the photo would be given to her). Clara framed this picture, and kept it prominently displayed on her piano for the rest of her life.

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    No pressure or anything, but if you can afford a $500 donation, in addition to all of the above, we'll include an original flyer for Clara and Nadia's 1937 Town Hall concert, or if you prefer, an original Town Hall program. Obviously we have only a few of these, so the offer will have to be withdrawn when the supply is exhausted.

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